Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

(Author photo) Wearing: Urban Rocks Jewelry, Makeup: Misty Rockwell Artistry, Photo: Grant Foto

(Special Sparkle Edition)

By Blaine Ochoa

Hello June! It is an exciting transitional time of a new season and new beginning. As summer approaches you want to make sure to update your wardrobe and jewelry collection. Adding a little sparkle to your wardrobe is a way to express yourself and your personality!

It can be fun experimenting with a variety of jewelry styles and finding what works for you and your desired look, no matter what occasion. Accessorizing with the perfect jewelry pieces can make or break an outfit and complete your look. These are my top five go-to jewelry businesses in Houston. Each one has its own unique style and sophistication. I highly recommend all of these incredible jewelry companies, they will definitely help you sparkle and shine wherever you go!

ST. RAINE

Owned by jewelry designer, Sarah Strain, St. Raine Jewelry is known for its lavish designs and boho glam vibe. The brand thrives on color, sparkle and quality, and each item is uniquely designed and handmade. Inspiration from traveling all over the world paired with creativity and bubbly fashion concepts, creates the fun and popular St. Raine brand. Jewelry items typically range from $25 – $120. Shop the St. Raine Instagram @strainejewelry or the website at www.strainejewelry.com

MAYA FASTHOFF

Maya Fasthoff Jewelry is referred to as a casually elegant brand with beautiful, high quality pieces. Each component is significantly and individually sourced. The brand is owned by jewelry designer, Maya Fasthoff, with designs inspired by her Colombian roots and old world mysticism. The jewelry company also  partners with multiple charitable organizations in the community. You can find her jewelry in upscale boutiques in Houston, such as Sloan/Hall and Alchemia. The price point for a piece of jewelry ranges from $40 – $180. Shop their Instagram at @mayafasthoff or website at www.mayafasthoff.com

AMITA BHALLA COLLECTIONS

Amita Bhalla Collections is owned by artist and jewelry designer, Dr. Amita Bhalla. Amita’s designs are inspired by various corners of the world, and each piece is unique with it’s own individual story. Her pieces are luxury and meticulously hand crafted, using clay and exquisite stones. The perfected mixture of tones and textures creates a sense of harmony culminating a one-of-a-kind, magical creation. Amita’s hope is that her wearable art will be a gift and experience that will be treasured for generations to come. Amita Bhalla Collections also donates %10 of sales to different charities around the world. The average price range for pieces are $75 – $375. Shop the collections on Instagram @amitabhalla.collections or the website at www.amitabhalla.com

URBAN ROCKS

Urban Rocks is owned by jewelry designer, Kym Jackson. Her unique pieces consist of beautiful gemstones and black diamond jewelry. Each creation is inspired by nature and earth’s natural wonders, including semi-precious stones, such as onyx, agate, turquoise, pearls, and crystals. Meant to radiate a peaceful and spiritual energy, creating an urban chic and elegant look. Urban Rocks is passionate about ‘rocking for a cause’ and is a big supporter of autism awareness. The average price ranges from $50 – $400, excluding her Kym V Diamonds collection consisting of luxurious black diamond pieces which can be priced a little higher. You can visit Urban Rocks Instagram @kymvjackson or the website at www.shopuniqueurbanrocks.com

LEWIS JEWELERS

The designer jewelry you will find at Lewis Jewelers includes many of the most famous brands and designers from all over the world. The selection includes unparalleled exclusive jewelry and timepieces that are equally revered. Lewis is proud to be a part of the worldwide network of official Rolex Jewelers. You’ll find luxury jewelry along with a large selection of certified diamonds and engagement rings at many price points. Lewis Jewelers is a huge supporter of many local charities in the community, including Texas Children’s Hospital. As second-generation jewelers, Lewis is honored to be a hub for the community and provide a product people will cherish for a lifetime. The image shown is a pair of stunning JudeFrances earrings. Lewis Jewelers has two brick and mortar locations, one in Clear Lake and Uptown Park. View their Instagram @lewisusa or shop their website www.lewisusa.com

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